HOW CURRENT UNITED SQUAD MATCH UP WITH 2009 TEAM

Manchester United start to the season has been far from spectacular but there are signs of improvement from the club so far. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used the summer to pass his ideas to the players and there are expectations this season.

The Norwegian tactician has reverted to a British core which has been the strength of Manchester United in the past two decades. The signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire look astute as the club has looked assured at the back.

Against Wolves, it took a wonder strike from Ruben Neves to breach the defence and this could be the theme for this season. Sir Alex Ferguson last great team which won the Champions League in 2009 had Wes Brown at right-back.

Brown filled in for the injured Gary Neville and had a superb connection with Ronaldo and Rooney in what was an excellent season for the defender. Wan-Bissaka is more talented and has the capacity to develop into a world-class performer.

Maguire and Victor Lindelof have given United hope that they could have another centre-back pairing of Vidic and Rio Ferdinard. While Luke Shaw showed last season that he is a competent left-back with consistent performances.

One area where this current United team lacks depth is in the midfield positions. Ferguson’s great team had the likes of Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and peak Darren Fletcher.

Although Pogba is a world-class player, he is too inconsistent and the likes of Scott Mctominay and Fred do not match up with the 2009 squad.

Upfront United have an exciting trio of Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Anthony Martial capable of destroying the opposition with pace and trickery. However, this is a step down from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

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